It’s probably hard to tell from my usual posts, but I know a couple of things about architecture. Which is sort of pathetic, really, since I’ve got an actual degree in architecture. But that’s neither here nor there.
Prairie style architecture, according to this link*, is “marked by its integration with the surrounding landscape, horizontal lines, flat…roofs…, and restraint in the use of decoration.” So it’s no wonder that this scene seemed to be a fine example!
*WARNING: if you go to the link, be prepared for that very annoying white-text-on-black-background that is nearly impossible to read.
Some of the buildings that used to house the motel are down to the slab now, but the floor tile in the bathrooms is still in place.
This is the floor from two different bathrooms, with a gap where the wall used to be. But it reminded me of M. C. Esher’s drawing of geese transforming themselves into fish, so in my mind*, that gap was the space where hexagons transformed into rectangles.
*Yes, it’s weird in there.
Let’s finish out the year with a photographic trip to the Cliffhouse Project, right here in Lubbock. It’s an abandoned restaurant and motor lodge. It’s also the site of a very cool development project that will reuse the buildings that are already there, provide an organic urban garden and opportunities to create art, and is already hosting various pop-up art events. (Like this one.)
My friend, and fellow photographer, Liz McCue was in town the other weekend and we took a trip over the to Cliffhouse; I’d say between us, we probably made a few hundred images – and I’m sure we didn’t even find the coolest stuff yet.